By and large, the apple ipad Mini is okay for viewing movies (as well as doing almost anything else). The processing force is nearly the same as a iPad 4, so there’s no true difficulty there and the playback is mostly as easy just as one android’s bottom (Star Trek joke).
The one real concern with the iPad Mini could be the deficit of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning screen tech featured on apple ipad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (among the rest). The iPad Mini does suffer somewhat with the deficit of a Retina Screen, however it’s not really a issue.
There is, of course, the matter of that 16GB apple ipad Mini struggling to store data, however, but that is mostly common sense
Gareth Beavis, in the official ‘TechRadar.com’ appraisal of the Ipad mini, said:
“The iPad mini suffers from the same thing that all the other iPads do: namely that the 16GB version, which is the poster child of the new cut-size range, is too small to really pack with the movies and apps that you want”.
He followed on to talk about the apple ipad Mini’s lack of file compatibility. This is, as far as I’m concerned, the Ipad mini’s major drawback as a media tablet.
“There’s the other issue here: the lack of file compatibility. The iPad mini will play .mp4 files fairly easily, but if you fancy chucking on a DivX or AVI option then that’s out of the question. There are third party applications you can use, but these can be extremely buggy and cost extra to put on your tablet…But that’s the griping out of the way – as a video player, the iPad mini is excellent. It’s just the right size and weight to hold two-handed in landscape mode, and if you’re OK with it not feeling as secure in one hand, a decent heft to hold with a single set of digits”.
I feel that Beavis gives a reasonably good list of the positives and negatives.
In a different place, the Head of Tech on the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the 7 inch screen size in the appraisal, when he wrote,
Additionally, the smaller size in reality makes the apple ipad Mini more comfortable to hold when viewing a movie; the device actually uses its small stature for a bonus. Moreover, the display is still above sufficient. Devindra Hardawar, of ‘Venture Beat.com’, wrote,
“Movies and games don’t look as sharp as they do on Retina Display-equipped iPads, but it’s a more than worthy tradeoff. It takes a discerning eye to notice the benefits of Apple’s Retina Display, but anyone can immediately recognize how much more convenient the iPad mini is. (And naturally, that’s a problem that will be fixed in future models when Apple brings Retina Display quality to the iPad Mini.)”
All things measured, the iPad Mini is fine for viewing films, but I personally advise that you opt for a model with extra space for storing (and also that you keep in mind the file type limitations of that apple ipad Mini).